Showrunner Scott Buck has been quite busy, as right after finishing Iron Fist for Netflix, Marvel tapped him to return for another Marvel Television project, the upcoming ABC and IMAX co-production, Inhumans. And outside of various leaked pictures from the set, not much was known about the project. Some wondered just how the show would balance all those scenes in Earth with the far more interesting moments in Attilan. With the recent Entertainment Weekly interview with the project’s showrunner, we got a closer look at the challenge it was for him to tackle this project.
“Actually, it was an exciting proposition. I had just finished Iron Fist and was looking for a little time off. Then, Jeph Loeb called me and pitched the idea of the Inhumans, the idea of doing a show basically about this family. We discussed each one of the characters, who they are, their personalities, their journeys. I always approach these things through the characters — what’s the story we can tell about Black Bolt, about Medusa and each one of these members of the Royal Family? It may have been daunting, but I think I was, more than anything, just excited about jumping in.”
It is interesting that it was Jeph Loeb who pitched the idea for the show to Buck.
He must’ve truly left an impression after his work on the man with the glowing fist that they wanted him to return for another new project, especially one as important as this one. So far, it is quite difficult to say how he will approach the characters, as Black Bolt more stoic nature could become quite a challenge to portray on screen. With rumors showing that the main characters will be split apart throughout the show, it would not be surprising to see the show spend some time to fully explore each character individually to contrast their behavior among family and strangers.
One important aspect of the Inhumans show is that the characters live in a rather fantastical world thanks to the various powers they inhabit. Each character has their own special skill that could offer some interesting visual flair to the show, which seems to have an emphasis on royal politics and a fish-out-of-water story once the Inhuman leaders flee to earth. Buck did offer a look at his approach to these elements:
“To a certain extent, yes, but again, we approach these all as real people who just happen to have these abilities, so they’re all very grounded people. We try to write them as real as possible, and then have fun with the powers when we can. We want their powers to seem like a very natural part of their personality.”
The showrunner has proven that his focus is more on character development and dynamics, which was quite a prominent element in Iron Fist, where he opted for the more business and personal interactions rather than completely focusing on the infinitely more interesting mystical elements. And apparently, an element that will play an important part in Inhumans is Lockjaw, a gigantic dog with ability to teleport, meaning there will be at least some semblance of the majestical aspects of the show. The EW interview highlighted that Buck did his research for the show.
“I was so curious to see what their origins were, so I started at the very beginning. Obviously if you look at those comics from the early ’60s, they’re a very different tone than what we’re doing. It was fun to see how it all began, but I just continued to leap forward. I have not read all of them, but I continue to look through some of them. There were so many different incarnations of the Inhumans, though, so it was more a matter of figuring out, what’s the story we want to tell? Going back and then reading the whole backstory of them all was very helpful, but from that, we just pretty much moved forward.”
Most Marvel films and television shows usually have their own creative spin with each adaptation so ot is to be expected that Inhumans would share this fate. Taking place in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, the show will be forced to adapt to an ever-changing world that makes it difficult for the Royal Family to ignore recent events, such as the increase in Inhuman numbers on earth thanks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show could bridge the classic origins of the characters into a modern era but at this point, it would just be speculation until an official trailer is released.
What are your thoughts on the matter? What storylines do you want to see be adapted in the series? Which direction do you think it will go?
Source: Entertainment Weekly